[cross-posted at The SAALT Spot]
It must be election time again, because Park51 is back in the news.
The special election to replace former Queens representative Anthony Weiner will take place on September 13th. Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1 in NY-9, and while the front-runner, Democrat David Weprin, still leads in the polls, Republican Bob Turner seems to be catching up – perhaps due to his placement of the Park51 controversy at the center of his campaign.
Turner has released a 30 second spot that states:
It’s been ten short years. Everyone remembers. Some, though, want to commemorate the tragedy by building a mosque on Ground Zero.
President Obama thinks that’s a good idea. And so does Congressional candidate David Weprin.
[Weprin video: “I support the right of the mosque to build.”]
Bob Turner says no. He knows Obama and Weprin are wrong.
September 13th, send a message. Bob Turner for Congress.
This race isn’t getting a lot of media coverage, perhaps because NY-9 isn’t ultimately expected to be a tight race. But with low turnout expected, it’s not inconceivable that Turner could leverage the politics of fear into a win. Be sure to keep an eye on this one.
UPDATE 9/14/2011: Turner won NY-9.